When Dai Sensei Yagi Meitoku was first introduced to Chojun Miyagi by his grandfather, he was identified as a descendent of Jana Oyakata and of the original Chinese immigrants of Okinawa. Jana Oyakata was celebrated as a pro-Ryukyu minister of 1600′s who made the ultimate sacrifice of his life for the kingdom he served. Jana … Continue reading Jana Oyakata Teido
by Sean Wong March 26, 2013 Chojun Miyagi (宮城 長順) was born on April 25th, 1888; which was about 10 years after the end of the Satsuma occupation of Okinawa. He grew up in Higashimachi, Naha, Okinawa. At a young age he witnessed an assailant being captured by a man who, in comparison to the trouble … Continue reading The Memories of Chojun Miyagi
Yagi Meitoku, Dai Sensei (1912-2003) In 1952, the founder of Goju-Ryu – Chojun Miyagi, gave permission to one of his senior students to open his own school. Today, this school remains as the longest running Karate Dojo under the banner of Okinawa Karate-do Goju-Ryu. This student is the late Meitoku Yagi who is known throughout … Continue reading Legacy of Dai Sensei
Updated November 16, 2012 “Because of Dai Sensei, I am fortunate to meet great people all over the world. Without my father, we would never have had the opportunity to train and learn together. I owe this to my father.” Meitetsu Sensei teaches philosophy like this in his seminars. He often emphasizes that while it … Continue reading Meitetsu Yagi Hanshi
The following are true stories of the legendary Meitoku Yagi (Dai Sensei). The stories are based on his history found in a privately translated manuscript Dai Sensei’s autobiography, “The Life Drama of the Man – Meitoku”.